The Bountiful Peak / Francis Peak ride is mostly on improved gravel roads that are fairly well maintained. With that, the ride is an easy ride without a lot of rough terrain to navigate.
This ride starts at an elevation of about 5,200 feet and rises to 9,263 feet at Bountiful Peak. On the ride to Bountiful Peak there are some spectacular views of Davis County cities along I-15 and of the Great Salt Lake.
There is plenty of oak brush along the route as well as some aspen and pine. You will see wildlife and occasionally see a reptile (snake) crawling across the road. Be careful not to run over it. We would caution you that there are rattle snakes at the higher elevation of this ride, which is very unusual. Just keep an eye out for them and you will be fine.
When you arrive at Bountiful Peak, there is a place to park your ATV so that you can take the short hike to the top of the peak which offers breathtaking views in all directions.
If you look north from Bountiful Peak you will see Francis Peak. You will recognize it because of its radar domes. That is your next destination.
The ride to Francis Peak will take you east on the Morgan County side of the mountain for a while. You will see Farmington Lakes as you crest the ridge and start down the other side. The views will be completely opposite of what you saw on the Davis County side. Lots of pine and aspen trees along with views of many mountain ranges to the east. You will descend to an elevation of approx. 7200 feet where you will intersect the road coming up Farmington Canyon.
From there you will start your climb to Francis Peak and will eventually reach an elevation of around 9400 ft. Francis Peak is 9528 feet, but is not accessible as there is a locked gate. But at this point you will have beautiful views to the west and the east. The view to the east will give a good look at Morgan Valley and the city of Morgan. And on a clear day you can even see as far as the Uinta Mountains. Just make sure you take your camera, smart phone, whatever. You are going to want to get some pictures.
Located east of Fruit Heights in Davis County, Francis Peak was once one of the craggiest peaks in the area. It was also among the first Davis and Morgan County peaks to be identified.
During this ride you will see several places on the mountain side that have a number of terraces cut into the mountain. These were constructed in the 1930’s by the CCC’s to prevent water runoff from heavy rains and deep snow packs. It’s a very interesting event. Take some time to Google it and read about it before you go.
From Francis Peak there is a jeep trail the goes northeast over to Smith Creek Lakes. There are some great places there to pull off and have a relaxing lunch in the shade. Take some time to enjoy the rest and have a good visit. Hope you enjoy the ride.
We always recommend that someone at home knows where you have gone to ride. You should include some of the information in this ride package such as the trailhead destination and coordinate, a copy of the trail map, and an approximate time you will be back. Some rides will have occasional cell phone service but you cannot always count on that. We want you to be safe and have fun. Please don’t venture off without telling someone where you are going.
Bountiful Peak: 40.964200 -111.818083
Look Down on Lagoon: 40.966267 -111.822517
(All Directions begin at 10600 South Exit on I-15 in Sandy Utah. Routes and travel times to trailheads will vary depending on your location.)
Google Map Coordinates: 40.895550 -111.845106
Distance to Trailhead: 27 Miles
Take I-15 to Bountiful, Utah. Take exit 317 (400 North) and go east on 400 North. Travel east on 400 North until you each 1300 East. Approx. 3.3 miles. Turn north on 1300 East which becomes Skyline Drive. Follow Skyline Drive approx. 1 mile to the parking lot at the base of the big “B” on the mountain side. This is where you will start.
We have provided several maps for your use. Study them carefully before you go on the ride for the first time. It is very important that you have some understanding of the ride in order to enjoy the ride rather than being lost. We have provided three types of maps:
– Highlighted map of this ride detailing the route to travel
– USDAFS Motor Vehicle Use Map 2016
– Topo maps of the area
All of these maps are images and are downloadable to your smart phone or to your computer. The Highlighted Trail map can be printed on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper to take with you. The Travel Maps and Topo Maps are large format and will not print that well on an 8 ½ x 11 paper. To download to your smart phone or device open the map on your device. Tap the screen and pick “Save Image” from the menu that comes up. The image is saved to your photos.
Hard copies of the Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available at the following locations.
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
857 West South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, Utah 84095
Salt Lake Ranger District
6944 South 3000 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
Part of enjoying a new ATV ride is being prepared. We feel that preparation should include a thorough study of the maps of the area. Another valuable tool is Google Earth. By studying Google Earth you will become familiar with the trail layout and surrounding topography that you will recognize when you are actually on the ride. This has helped us many times as we have traveled these rides for the first time
Provided here are Google Earth Coordinates of the ride. Enter them in Google Earth on your desktop computer or device, in order of their listing below. This will plot the ride out for you in satellite view and give you a better understanding of your upcoming ride.
How to enter the coordinates in Google Earth.
– Open Google Earth
– Highlight the number coordinate for the first point on this page and copy it.
– Paste this in the search box of Google Earth page and hit enter.
– A yellow pin will be dropped at this location with the coordinate as the title.
– Right click the Yellow Pin.
– Click on “Properties.” A box will appear.
– Highlight the coordinate name on this page and paste it to the name box on the Google Earth page and click “OK.” You’re all done.
– Repeat for each Coordinate.
#1 BP/FP Starting Point 40.895550 -111.845106
#2 BP/FP 40.898356 -111.847377
#3 BP/FP 40.903417 -111.849005
#4 BP/FP 40.899802 -111.838078
#5 BP/FP 40.910883 -111.844458
#6 BP-FP 40.911244 -111.823789
#7 BP/FP 40.912978 -111.829705
#8 BP/FP 40.929518 -111.793117
#9 BP/FP 40.937020 -111.806472
#10 BP/FP 40.943149 -111.806416
#11 BP/FP 40.954683 -111.816216
#12 BP/FP 40.974517 -111.823060
#13 BP/FP 40.975051 -111.816846
#14 BP/FP 40.981994 -111.804814
#15 BP/FP 40.987116 -111.799678
#16 BP/FP 40.992552 -111.801844
#17 BP/FP 41.027451 -111.838014
#18 BP/FP 41.034977 -111.837144
#19 BP/FP 41.041582 -111.838281
#20 BP/FP 41.045355 -111.836939
#21 BP/FP 41.048464 -111.837841
#22 BP/FP 41.054021 -111.842345
#23 BP/FP 40.991360 -111.799764
#24 BP/FP 40.984388 -111.792649
#25 BP/FP 40.966542 -111.793856
Depending on your service provider there are areas on this ride that you have cell service. Because cell service is limited, smart phone GPS apps don’t always work. If you want reliable GPS service we recommend you purchase an actual GPS that works off of satellites. They do come in very handy if you are going to be doing a lot of ATV exploring. GPS’s are very reliable but don’t completely replace knowing how to use topo maps and a compass. On occasion, they can take you to the wrong place.
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Trail Terrain Rating
-Graveled road with embedded rock
-Dirt trail with loose gravel and embedded rock
-Loose rock 3” and larger
-Embedded rock 3” and larger
-Will require low gear